Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #163
What lesson could you sell tickets for? Or what lesson do students love the most?
I posed this question to half a dozen former students in the fall. I thought they’d all mention the one that was my choice for the one lesson that I could sell tickets for. But I actually got four different answers. I hope that’s a good thing.
Naomi was the first former student to respond. Her message was short and to the point: “The TED Talks. Hands down.”
In College Comp 2, we read the book Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo.
Once that is done, I task the students with developing (according to the rules and guidelines in Gallo’s book) and delivering their own 15 minute TED Talk.
Some love it; some put up with it. But there is no denying the impact it has on the class. I’ve seen kids cry because they’re talking about their grandfather’s alzheimer’s; I’ve seen kids talk about how they faced abusive situation at school; I’ve seen students share their battles with depression and anxiety; I’ve seen students share their battles with seniorities and procrastination . . .
There have been clunkers too, but most of them have been very, very well done.